Plastics applications grow in expanding dental implant market

A 19-year-old Alabama company believes that dental implants represent one of the most important growth areas in the medical market. Increasingly, the field offers opportunities for plastics.

The dental implant market will reach $6 billion globally by 2015 as a result of annual growth rates of 12%-14%, according to market research cited by Steve Boggan, president and CEO of BioHorizons (Birmingham, AL).

Reasons for rapid growth include aging of populations, particularly in developing countries; improvements in implant technology; and increasing efforts by dentists to inform patients of the availability of permanent implants as opposed to bridges and dentures. One factor impeding growth, however, will be high costs....

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